Why should I Microchip my Dachshund?
Microchipping is a simple safe and quick procedure. It can make all the difference in being reunited with your pet should they stray or go missing.
The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and the procedure, which can be carried out by a vet or trained implanter, takes only a few minutes and lasts a lifetime.
How does a microchip help to reunite a lost pet?
Once your pet is microchipped, you and your pet’s details are stored in a database along with the microchip’s unique 15 digit code.
When a missing pet is found, an authorised user (for example a vet or dog warden) will scan the pet revealing the microchip’s unique 15 digit code, and contact the microchip database providing the aftercare service. The database will perform some security checks before releasing your contact details to the authorised user – so that your pet can be reunited with you.
Who runs the database service and how do I know which one I am/will be registered with?
There are currently four microchip databases operating in the UK. When a pet is Microchipped, registration paperwork is supplied and should provide the information you need to know about the database your pet is registered with.
It is your right as a pet owner to decide which database your pet’s record is stored on, so please check with your vet/implanter which microchips they use and which database aftercare service they are aligned to.
If you are unsure of which database your pet is registered with, a quick search list of Microchip suppliers is available online visit http://www.petlog.org.uk.
You should always call the microchip database where your contact details are held to notify them that your pet has gone missing. The microchip database should send out alerts to local vets and dog wardens on your behalf.
Where can I have my pet microchipped?
Most vets, welfare centres and training clubs offer a microchipping service. Be sure to question what database your microchip will be registered with – as this may affect your aftercare service.
For more information on where to get your pet chipped visit http://www.petlog.org.uk or call 0844 4633 999.
What does it cost to have my pet microchipped?
Costs vary so check with your local vet, welfare centre and in the case of young puppies, your breeder should be able to advise you.
Costs average between £10 and £30. Microchipping is a one-off process and lasts for life. There is a small minimum fee included in the price of the microchip, which secures a basic registration on the database – the rest of the fee covers the purchase of the Microchip and the Implanters time, expertise and resource.
What further costs can I expect to pay?
The only further costs that you should expect to pay are to amend your details, for which there is a small fee.
Importance of keeping contact details up-to-date:
It is your responsibility as a pet owner to keep contact details up-to-date on the microchip database. You need to know that by law, if the animal warden finds a lost pet and cannot contact the owner within seven days, the pet can be re-homed.
To find out more about the importance of microchipping watch this video …